For years now I’ve used simulation, as a way of improving my kiting on days of no wind. I’d practice something over and over again either in my head or actually step through it, until I had it perfectly.
I’d combine this with endlessly scrutinising (in minute detail) You Tube video’s of whatever it was I was trying to learn, to get it absolutely clear in my head, in an effort to be absolutely prepared once I got on the water, so I’d be able to blast that next trick.
Unfortunately…this just didn’t work.
I would run through the move time and again and again and again. When I was out on the water I would re run it just before I attempted it paying really close attention to what I was doing, often recording it at the same time for later analysis.
The result…failure, frustration and a growing sense that I was becoming progressively more useless every day,
“didn’t I used to be good at this…?”
One day I was watching the Tim Ferriss Experiment. For those of you who haven’t seen it, this is a show where Tim sets himself a ludicrously difficult skill to learn in an amazingly short space of time to fulfil some challenge at the end of the show, ie learn to play the drums and appear on stage with Foreigner at a live gig just a few days later.
In 2 of the episodes he learns a sport, one surfing with Laird Hamilton, the other golf with Terry Rowles. What struck me in both of these episodes were the coaches final words just before he set off on his final challenge…